Beitler, Stanley BoydStanley Boyd Beitler, 92, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016. He was born on a farm in Cowles, Nebraska in 1923. He was one of five children born to George and Mabel Beitler. He had two older brothers, Les and Earl; a sister, Audrey; and a younger brother, Dean. He traveled with his family to Garden Grove in 1934.
Stan is survived by daughter, Diane Laine; two granddaughters, Kristina Varela, Jill Vierra (Eric); five great grandchildren, Jon Reymundo, Cassie Laine, Jazmin Reyes, Sara Vierra, Alle Vierra; and a great-great granddaughter, Kaliana Reymundo. He is also survived his brother Dean Beitler, and by many nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered as a great role model for his family.
He graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1942. He was active in student affairs, as well as athletics. He attended what was then Santa Ana Junior College where he played on the football team.
After a stint in the Army, Stan returned home where he married Margaret Lamb in 1945. He often described their 69 year marriage as a lifelong honeymoon. Stan joined the Garden Grove Volunteer Fire Dept. in 1952 and was appointed a regular in 1955. He retired in 1984 after 32 years of service. During his time of service he moved upward through all the ranks retiring as Fire Chief.
Stan joined the Masons in Garden Grove Lodge # 586 in 1953, and was raised to a Master Mason on September 18, 1953. He was also a member of the Hi Twelve Club. Stan and his wife were active in the United Methodist Church, Garden Grove High School Alumni Association, Garden Grove Historical Society, Auld Lang Syne, Garden Grove Community Foundation, and Lions Club activities in between traveling and playing golf. He was given many awards in his lifetime with the most prestigious one being named Man of the Year along with Margaret as Woman of the Year by the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce. Stan believed in giving back to the community that he was so much a part of.
Stan and Margaret loved to travel in their retirement. They took their 5th wheel trailer to 48 states including Canada. Even though they traveled the world, they would always return to Maui, one of their favorite family spots. They spent many happy hours on their boat at Lake Mojave.
Services will be held at the Garden Grove United Methodist Church, 12741 Main St., Garden Grove CA 92840. Viewing will be at 9:30 AM, service at 10:30 AM, and burial at 1:00 PM at Fairhaven Cemetery in Santa Ana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stan’s name to the Garden Grove Historical Society for the preservation of the old fire station.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Shannon Bryan Mortuary, Orange, CA.